How professional estate agents value your property
Is the best estate agent the one who suggests the highest asking price for your property?
Is the best estate agent the one who provides an accurate valuation and actually sells your property for the agreed asking price?
How Sims Williams will value your property
When you invite us to value your property, we’ll do our homework before we step foot into your home.
We are committed to providing accurate valuations that attract the best potential buyers and fit in with your desired timescales and needs for your onwards move.
Some agents will give you an inflated valuation price simply to win your business – only to persuade you to reduce the price substantially four weeks later because you’ve had no interest from potential buyers.
We’re always happy to start marketing your property at the top end of our suggested valuation range or at a price you suggest and carefully monitor the pricing as part of our regular marketing reviews of your property.
We’ll do our research
Unlike some agents, we won’t just look at websites that record previous sale prices for homes in your street.
We will look at our own records of similar properties we have sold in your street, remind ourselves of the different features and conditions of each property and the priorities of each seller at the time of the sale.
This helps us to understand whether the sale price was influenced by a desire to move quickly or perhaps reflected the fact that the property required some modernisation.
We will also take into consideration the “extra” features some properties may have boasted which may have boosted the value. For example, an extension, conservatory or brand-new kitchen.
We’ll ask the experts – our team!
The majority of our staff have been with Sims Williams for over 10 years and are qualified members of the National Association of Estate Agents.
As part of our preparations for coming to value your home, we’ll sit down as a team and discuss our experience of similar properties to yours, including any factors which affected the asking price we suggested and went on to achieve.
Local issues affecting property prices
We’ll look at potential new developments and infrastructure improvements that have or could affected house prices in your area – either negatively or positively.
This may include referring to Arun District Council and Chichester District Council’s local planning policies to check what developments are on the horizon and could have an impact on the current and future value of your home.
National housing market considerations
The ongoing uncertainty over Brexit impacts consumer confidence and is slowing down some areas of the housing market.
Having said that, most people decide to move to a new house for practical reasons, like a new job, a growing family or the desire to downsize.
Most of us are not prepared to wait for the “perfect time” to move as we understand the only perfect time to move is when it’s right for us.
There will never be a perfect time in terms of market conditions, interest rates, local house price trends and our property needs all being perfectly aligned.
It’s all about you
The most important step in providing an accurate valuation of your property is talking to you.
We believe this is where Sims Williams truly stands out from other estate agents.
We take the time to understand your reasons for moving, your desired timescale and what’s involved in your onwards move.
If you need to achieve a certain price by a certain time to facilitate your onwards move, we will work closely with you and explain the best way to achieve this.
Marketing specifically designed for your property
We’ll devise a marketing strategy specific to your property, including professional photography that shows your home at its best, a bespoke property brochure and a detailed plan for on and offline marketing of your home.
Honest advice and support
If we think a de-clutter of your home is needed to sell your home for the price you want, we will tell you.
We’ll also share our top tips for presenting your home at its best and provide advice on how to “stage” your home for viewings.
You are now ready to sell your property
Our professional approach and research from the start means once your property goes on the market, everything is in place to sell your home successfully.
And that’s when we really show you the importance of an accurate, well-researched valuation.
If you are planning your next move and would like to know what your property is worth, contact Sims Williams today and see for yourself how a professional estate agent values your property.